This Student Decided to Sneak His Own Diversity Ad Into McDonald’s, and the Results Are Awesome
When it comes to practical jokes, most are short-lived and somewhat pointless. However, one University of Houston student pulled off a genius prank seamlessly — and the reason why is even more incredible.
A Desire For Diversity
Jevh Maravilla is the University of Houston student behind what could be one of the most well-crafted, socially aware pranks in history. While it may seem impossible for him to have carried out such an elaborate scheme, Maravilla managed to redecorate a local McDonald’s without a single employee noticing! But the reason behind the new decor isn’t merely to produce laughter.
Maravilla is East Asian and proud, but he found that the majority of advertisements didn’t represent his race. Maravilla and his close friend, Christian, were eating McDonald’s one afternoon when they realized something that concerned them: there were no Asians in the numerous ads hanging around the restaurant. So, they decided to take matters into their own hands.
Pulling Off The Elaborate Prank
The pair of friends hatched a plan to get some diversity on the walls of McDonald’s. They discovered a blank space above one of the tables in the restaurant, and their prank was born. Before long, the duo had created a fake advertisement and ordered the poster size. However, they knew the biggest challenge would be getting it inside.
In order to sneak the faux ad onto the wall, Maravilla purchased a McDonald’s shirt from Goodwill and pretended to be an employee. He and his friends managed to get the image up without anyone questioning them. And while they likely expected that staff would take the picture down, they were surprised at how long the poster lasted!
An Incredible Wave Of Support
After 51 days of the fake advertisement remaining on the wall, Maravilla decided to Tweet about the hilarious situation. “I noticed there was a blank wall at McDonald’s so I decided to make this fake poster of me and my friend. It’s now been 51 days since I hung it up,” he admitted. The tweet soon went viral, with the internet both laughing at and praising their efforts.
At the end of the day, the owner of the McDonald’s branch did find out about the advertisement. Despite that, she has no intentions of taking it down. “We take pride in highlighting diversity…we applaud these students’ creativity and hope to see them in our restaurants again soon.” This student was shocked at the incredible reaction and hopes that his push for diversity can encourage more Asian representation.
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